US senators seek answers on Ebola prep in Va.

Undated file image from the  Centers for Disease Control  (CDC) shows Ebola virus

Undated file image from the
Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) shows Ebola virus

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are asking Virginia hospital and health officials how prepared the state is to deal with any patients who have symptoms of Ebola. The Virginia Democrats expressed their concerns in a letter to Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Services William Hazel and the CEO of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, Sean Connaughton. In the letter released Friday, Kaine and Warner ask Hazel and Connaughton what is being done to ensure that Virginia hospitals and health care professionals have the supplies and training to deal with the deadly virus. They also ask whether additional resources are needed with preparedness efforts. The letter cites potential resources from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, among other federal agencies.

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